Guyanese named President of US University

ATLANTA, Georgia, June 23, CMC – The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has voted unanimously in appointing a Guyanese academic as the ninth president of Fort Valley State University.

Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, provost and senior vice president at York College of the City University of New York, will assume his new post on July 22, 2013.

University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Hank Huckaby said the Board of Regents has made “an outstanding selection” for the next president of Fort Valley State University.

“Dr. Griffith is an accomplished scholar whose career and academic training will take this institution to a level of achievement and quality so critical in the global world of tomorrow,” he said.

Griffith has served as provost at York College since 2007. During his tenure, he increased the number of full-time faculty by 30 percent, reorganized the academic division and enhanced the research and scholarly climate by creating a Provost Lecture Series and a companion Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series, among other initiatives. Griffith also established an undergraduate student research programme.

Before being named provost at York College, Griffith, in addition to his teaching duties as a tenured professor of political science, served as provost at Radford University in Radford, Virginia.

The University System of Georgia said Griffith is a specialist on Caribbean security, drugs and crime. In this capacity, he has been a consultant to Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other organizations.

Griffith has a  bachelor of social sciences degree from the University of Guyana, a masters of arts degree in political science and public administration from Long Island University, New York, and both a master of philosophy and doctorate in political science from the City University of New York.

He also is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s educational leadership programme.

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